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Connor Banks

Graduated 2017

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I’m the managing director of CrankTech Digital Marketing, a business that specialises in website design and development, search engine optimisation, content creation, social media management, and marketing strategy.

I started my business in my first year of university, which allowed me to apply the skills I learned on real-world situations. I continued with the business and created a full-time job out of it, which gave me the freedom of working for myself.

Creating and building a business is something I always had on my list of things I wanted to do, and it seemed right to give this a go while studying. After a lot of hard work and long hours, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made.

I loved the atmosphere of university: the welcoming feeling, freedom to use facilities, and access to all the resources I needed.

Solent prepared me for my career by teaching me the skills I needed to be independent, goal drive, and gave me an understanding that the learning process is never over.

My biggest piece of advice for those interested in studying web design and development would be to ensure you’re doing something you love, and then practice as much as you can. The best you can do is always better than someone who isn’t doing anything.